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Archive: April, 2009

POSTED: Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 10:57 PM

The 25th annual Ron Jaworski's Celebrity Golf Challenge will take place May 16-18 at Harrah's Resorts Atlantic City and its Atlantic City Country Club.

Run and hosted by the former Eagles quarterback and current "Monday Night Football" analyst, the bash will include a Saturday night Poker Open as well as Sunday's main event on the links. The entire event is a fundraiser for United Way Charities.

Among the gridiron figures already announced to participate are former NFL head coaches Bill Cowher (Steelers) and Mike Ditka (Bears), former quarterbacks Jim Kelly (Bills), Joe Theismann (Redskins) and Rich Gannon (Vikings, Ciefs, etc.). Also set is current Ravens' QB (and South Jersey native) Joe Flacco.

POSTED: Monday, April 27, 2009, 7:59 PM

It will likely turn out to be a Band Aid on a tumor, but the hot weekend weather apparently kept things cooking inside Atlantic City's casinos.

Reports from AyCee suggest the summer-like weather brought the multitudes to town (a Saturday afternoon phone call from a Boardwalking source contained a warning the town was "packed"). That, naturally translated into some decent numbers for the gaming halls.

POSTED: Thursday, April 23, 2009, 1:58 PM

Don't know why this should matter to anybody, but Fleetwood Mac is headed back to Atlantic City.

Tickets go on sale next Saturday (May 2) at 10 a.m. for the Caesars Atlantic City-sponsored, June 13 Boardwalk Hall gig by the pop-rock outfit that dominated the musical world in the latter part of the 1970s.

The Boardwalk Hall stop is part of the group’s “Unleashed” tour on which they’re serving up a program of “greatest hits.” In case your wondering, Stevie Nicks (vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (guitar) Mick Fleetwood (drums) and John McVie (bass) remain in the band, but singer-keyboardist Christine McVie is no longer performing.
 
Show time is 8 p.m. Admission is $149.50, $79.50 and $49.50. For tickets, call (800) 736-1420, www.ticketmaster.com.
 
POSTED: Sunday, April 12, 2009, 2:45 PM

Jimmy Fallon's Saturday night set at Borgata left no doubts about the newly minted "Late Night" host's performing abilities. Now all he needs is the material to better serve his impressive talents.

Making his Atlantic City stand-up debut before a sold-out partisan crowd in the Big B's Music Box, Fallon proved to be a gifted and versatile performer. Whether strumming an acoustic guitar while singing a self-penned comedy number (e.g. the paen to older women who prefer younger men, "Cougar Hunting") or impersonating both contemporary pop stars (including Snoop Dogg and Amy Winehouse) and stand-up comics (among them such off-the-beaten track types as spacey Steven Wright and the late, great Mitch Hedberg) , the 34-year-old "Saturday Night Live" alum definitely had the chops.

However, while the audience was in his corner regardless of the bit, the bottom line is his material just wasn't that strong. His straight stand-up material--observational riffs on subjects like GPS units and side effects of prescription meds--was generally good, but never did he conjure any lines worth repeating.

About this blog
Philly native Chuck Darrow has literally covered Atlantic City’s casino scene since Day One: He was there on assignment the night in November 1976 when voters approved legalized casinos.

Since then, Chuck has covered the town and its gaming industry for several area newspapers -- which is why, in some circles, he’s known as “Boardwalk Charlie.”

You can reach Chuck at darrowc@phillynews.com. Reach Chuck at darrowc@phillynews.com.

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